Anyhow, when you've given up 800,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-ish calories, you need something to replace them otherwise you'll probably cause a singularity from the speed of the caloric implosion and Silver Spring doesn't need any event horizons this winter. So what to eat...
People were absolutely crazy before the storms. Going to the supermarkets prior to the storm reminded me to some extent of the images of Soviet Russian groceries. Long lines and absolutely nothing on the shelves. There was basically no meat on the shelves except for chicken gizzards and cod tongues. Fortunately they make good sauce and stews if you can dig out those old world recipes.
For us, we dug into the freezer since it had more than gizzards and tongues. Our anti-implosive cooking efforts included the following:
- Seared duck breast and garlic potato cake
- Jambalaya - shrimp, andouille and chicken thighs
- Gumbo - shrimp, salmon, clam and andouille
- Bacon, Chorizo & Chistorra Tacos with smokey salsa
- Braised Lamb Shoulder with Eggplant bechamel
When it was all over and we could leave, we had some flimsy clam and shrimp stew to celebrate the sense of spring on the horizon (albeit distant horizon), but let's focus on those caloric explosive dishes above.
First Seared duck breast - based on a recipe from the great comfort cookbook: The Cooking of Southwest France by Paula Wolfert.